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An autopsy was deemed inconclusive this week on the body of Donda West, mother of rapper Kanye West, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Tuesday. Preliminary reports suggested that West, who died Saturday November 10, suffered from complications of cosmetic surgery. She was 58.
“She was taken to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey,” said plastic surgeon Jan Adams who performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on West the Friday before her death.
“Efforts to preserve her life were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at 8:28 p.m.”
She was found in her home, unresponsive and in respiratory distress in her home, according to news reports.
Also according to news reports, another Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon said he had recently refused to perform a procedure on West until she had a medical clearance for a condition he feared could lead to a heart attack.
“The preliminary information we had indicated that she had several minor medical issues,” said Captain Ed Winters of the coroner’s office.
She was taking medications, Winters said though he could not specify the names of the medications or how much while the toxicology reports were still pending.
Winter also said West was in good condition before the surgery and that investigators are talking with Adams about the surgery. He did not say when the results of the toxicology tests would be available.
West’s heart attack, pulmonary embolism or massive vomiting could have caused her death not the surgery, Adams, 53, told TMZ.com. He said he consulted with her for months and she changed her mind several times about going forward with the surgery, according to the website.
West was said to have been filming a video in London at the time of his mother’s death. He shared a close relationship with her, often referencing her on his songs. Dr. Donda West had been a Chicago State University English professor for 31 years, retiring in 2004 to help manage Kanye’s career. In May of this year she published the book “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star.”
A funeral for West is scheduled for November 20, and no details have been released. The family is asking for privacy at this time.